Dubai – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the 200 megawatt (MW) second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Shuaa Energy. The inauguration coincided with the International Day of Happiness.
The solar plant costs $405 million and generates 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 50,000 household Seih Al Dahal in Dubai and reduces Dubai’s carbon emission by over 200,000 tones.
It was accomplished through a partnership between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the consortium led by ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia, the main developer of the project, and TSK from Spain, the main contractor.
During this phase, 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels were installed over 4.5 squares KM with 1.5 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury during project execution. The efforts of Shuaa Energy 1, which was established by DEWA and the consortium led by ACWA Power and TSK, have been vital in completing the work efficiently and professionally.
The implementation of the Phase 2 and what has been achieved in a record time in just 360 days and before the dead line
In addition to record setting, the second phase of the solar park obtained the lowest price globally at USD 5.6 cents per kilowatt hour.
Chairman of ACWA Power Mohammad Abunayyan announced the safe completion of the largest PV plant in the region within the second phase of the leading project of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Abunayyan said that the project was done under the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“All this while adhering to the highest safety, security and quality standards. This achievement stresses our unwavering commitment to support the efforts of making Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 a reality,” he stressed.
He added that this achievement reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE and the partnership between the private and public sectors, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy.
Thamer al-Sharhan, Managing Director of ACWA Power, said that this wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the workers and all the staff. He thanked DEWA for their commitment and praised the partnership between the two institutions.
On the sidelines of the launching ceremony, Sharhan told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the project is strategic for ACWA Power for it sets bases for developing solar energy in the Gulf. He added that this is the first of its kind project in Dubai and the first that was established following collaboration between the private and public sectors.